Monday, February 28, 2011

The Jittery Feeling Means It's Working

I got sick about a week ago. And I do two things when I'm sick. I get as much sleep as I can, and I take a maximum strength nasal decongestant. And I don't trust the garbage "medicine" that's just lying out there on the medicine aisle. It's easily accessible for a reason. What you have to do is ask the pharmacist for the good stuff… Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride. Then you have to sign for it because they're trying to stop the druggies from making it into meth. That's right... it's such a powerful nasal decongestant that people can turn it into meth. And if that isn't a good enough reason to use it, I don't know what is. It shouldn't say "Maximum Strength" unless there's a real risk in taking it.

Anyway, that's what I do when I start to get sick, and it works for me. But the problem is that I usually take one dose of medicine too many. It's always when I still have a little congestion at the tail end of the illness. And I only find out after I take the final dose that I didn't need it anymore. So that means that every time I get sick, I finish it with four to six hours of heightened focus and misguided energy. And this last week was no exception.

I took my meth-like meds with dinner at about 7:00pm like I'd done for the previous four days and then started to wind down for the night. And taking "Non-Drowsy" medication when you're not really that sick anymore is a mistake. I tried going to bed at 10:00 and realized it just wasn't gonna happen. I was just lying there, with my eyes open and a faint buzzing in my ears (which was probably coming from my brain). So I decided I'd start putting together some bunk beds we'd recently acquired (see here for that story). I just thought I could start the process and stop when I got tired. But I didn't get tired. In fact, the more I worked on them, the more I wanted to finish assembling them.

So 3.5 hours, 34 screws, and one sweat-drenched shirt later, I finished. I assembled the entire set (which took two people to disassemble). And it made me realize something; the war on drugs would be a lot harder battle if the only side effects were heightened focus and extra energy. And the ad campaigns wouldn't be as convincing.

"Just say 'NO'… unless you have a project you want to start."

"This is your brain [shows an egg]. This is your brain on drugs [shows a delicious Western Omelet]."


Jeska said...

Argh. I feel your frustration!

I took a caffeinated Excedrin for a roaring headache I had yesterday, and ended up taking an impromtu nap at 6 pm. (That stuff usually keeps me awake!)

At 10, when I got up from my nap, I took some sleep-inducing drugs to override the effects of the nap... and stayed up til 2 am.

It must have been backwards-day or something.

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Robert said...

lol. "A delicious Western omelete.